Celtic FC Foundation party for local kids
Celtic FC Foundation today staged a fantastic Christmas lunch and party for 180 school children from six schools in the East End of Glasgow.
The primary schools invited to Celtic Park were St Anne’s, St Denis’, Haghill Park, St Michael’s and Quarrybrae.
All the kids were treated to a special lunch, a range of party games, a dance session and a disco. They received a visit from Hoopy the Huddle Hound, Celtic´s mascot and gifts from the main man himself, Santa Claus.
And the day was topped off by a special visit from Celtic first-team player, Dylan McGeouch, whose autograph was in great demand!
Celtic FC Foundation (formerly Celtic Charity Fund) is the charitable arm of Celtic Football Club and we are currently going through a period of significant change. Our fundraising efforts and support of other charitable organisations remain, but our remit has been enhanced to include a strong focus on direct project delivery in our local communities, targeting key issues such as poverty, education, equality and health.
Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, said: "It was an absolute pleasure to host the children here at CelticPark today, each of whom were a credit to their school.
“The East End of Glasgow – and particularly children – are at the very heart of what we do and I’m delighted we were able to provide a day of festive fun in Paradise.
“This initiative forms part of our 2013 Christmas Appeal and special thanks must go to a group of supporters who undertook the Paradise Climb in May 2013 and allocated their fundraising to today’s party.”
Over £45,000 has already been raised for this year’s Appeal but there´s still time to help and donations can be made in the following ways:
1. Text - text ´CELT07´ followed by ´£1´, ´£5´ or ´£10´ to 70070
2. Online - HERE
3. Cash - there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
4. Cheque - payable to ´Celtic FC Foundation´ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.
Any donation you can make this Christmas will help make a real difference to those who need it most. Thank you for your wonderful and continued support.
Celtic FC Foundation donate £10,000 to Clutha Appeal Fund
CELTIC FC Foundation is delighted to make a £10,000 donation to the fund established to help those affected by the Clutha Bar helicopter crash.
The Clutha Appeal Fund was formally launched by Glasgow City Council to support anyone facing hardship as a result of the accident.
Nine people died when a helicopter crashed through the roof of the pub on Friday evening.
The tragedy both stunned and shocked the city as a whole, and now via the charitable arm of the club, Celtic Football Club is pleased to show support to those who need it most.
Earlier this week, the Celtic manager Neil Lennon visited the scene of the crash and laid a commemorative wreath on behalf of everyone at the club.
Speaking near to the scene, he said: “It´s an unforeseen tragedy that´s affected the whole city, and the city is united in grief at the minute. There´s an eerie atmosphere around the place at the minute, which you can understand.
"It´s very difficult for me to find the right words at this time but, on behalf of myself and the club and the Celtic support, we´re all thinking of you and you´re very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time."
Celtic squad brings Christmas cheer to kids at Yorkhill Hospital
CELTIC players today made their annual festive trip to Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
Members of the first-team squad visited a number of wards at the hospital and presented Christmas gifts to hundreds of children.
The players also presented a donation for £3,000 to the hospital on behalf of Celtic FC Foundation.
Celtic has been a long-time supporter of the hospital and Celtic Captain Scott Brown said: "The club is delighted to have such a strong association with Yorkhill Hospital and as players we really enjoy visiting the kids at Christmas.
“We know it can be a really difficult time for many kids and their families so it is important for us as players to take time out to do this.
“The hospital carries out such brilliant work all year round and it is a great opportunity for us to meet some very deserving children and, of course, send our best wishes to the hospital staff who make such a difference."
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell added: “We are delighted to have such a close relationship with Yorkhill Hospital, an institution which for so many years has done so much good in the city in looking after children in need.
“Like Yorkhill, Celtic plays and important role in the community and we carry out more work than we ever have in this area.
“Through our Foundation we aim to help those in need by tackling poverty, promoting equality and working to improve the health of people in the wider community.
“Yorkhill Hospital deserves our assistance and we are delighted to continue to offer our support. This Christmas, we again send everyone connected to the hospital, our best wishes”.